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Devlin accused insists: I did not murder teenager

The man accused of stabbing schoolboy Thomas Devlin to death told police he knew “100% it's not going to court”, a jury has heard.

The Belfast Crown Court jury also heard, during the final interviews 23-year-old Gary Ryan Taylor had with PSNI in October 2006, he told them they were “barking up the wrong tree” by investigating him for the murder of 15-year-old Thomas.

Taylor, from Mountcollyer Avenue in north Belfast, denies murdering the teenager in August 2005, and attempting to murder and inflict grievous bodily harm on his friend Jonathan McKee.

Alongside Taylor in the dock is 26-year-old Nigel James Brown from the Whitewell Road, also north Belfast, who denies the same charges but who has already pleaded guilty to a further count of attempting to cause GBH to Mr McKee.

Thomas, Mr McKee and another friend were attacked just before midnight by two men walking a dog in Somerton Road.

The schoolboy died as a result of stab wounds while Mr McKee was stabbed in the abdomen and hit on the head with a wooden baton and it’s the Crown’s case that Taylor had the knife and Brown the bat.

Yesterday, the jury heard Taylor tell police in the aftermath: “I don't give a f**k. It's not going to court. I know 100% it's not going to court because I didn't do it and that's it.”

The trial continues.

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